Tom Slingsby

Sailing since the age of eight, Tom Slingsby was inspired after watching the sailing during the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Slingsby watched each day of competition from Bradley’s Head and decided to do all it took to become an Olympian. The NSW Central Coast sailor made his first Olympic appearance in the laser class at the 2008 Beijing Games, finishing 22nd. In 2010 Slingsby became the first Australian to win the ISAF World Sailor of the Year award. Slingsby won four World Cup events, two World Championships, the Laser Standard World Titles, the Etchells Titles and was World No. 1 in the laser class - all in 2010.

Having been disappointed in his performance at the Beijing Games, Slingsby returned to Olympic competition in 2012 determined to take home gold in the laser class. He performed consistently throughout the regatta as he won four of the opening ten races and placed second in three others. His results ensured that his nearest competitor would need to beat him by six places in the ten boat medal race to relinquish the gold medal. Slingsby ensured this was not the case, living up to his own high expectations on the seas of Weymouth to earn the right to stand on top of the medal dais at the London Games.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Laser - Men
Race 01 2 pts; 2nd 2 2
Race 02 3 pts; 1st 1 1
Race 03 5 pts; 2nd 2 2
Race 04 11 pts; 2nd 6 6
Race 05 20 pts; 2nd 9 9
Race 06 22 pts; 2nd 2 2
Race 07 36 pts; 2nd 14 14
Race 08 37 pts; 1st 1 1
Race 09 38 pts; 1st 1 1
Race 10 39 pts; 1st 1 1
Medal Race TP: 18; NP: 43; 1st 18 9  
Final Placing 1 / 49

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Laser - Men
Race 02 43 pts; 23rd 22 pts 22nd
Race 01 21 pts; 21st 21 pts 21st
Race 03 64 pts; 21st 21 pts 21st
Race 04 86 pts; 22nd 22 pts 22nd
Race 05 121 pts; 26th 35 pts 35th
Race 06 141 pts; 25th 20 pts 20th
Race 07 153 pts; 29th 12 pts 12th
Race 08 164 pts; 27th 11 pts 11th
Race 09 TP: 204 pts; NP: 164 pts; 22nd (40 pts) 40th
Final Placing 22 / 43